Public Health Agency of Canada
Questions and Answers: Sexual Health Education for Youth with Physical Disabilities aims to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding sexual education and physical disabilities. This resource identifies physical, attitudinal, and economic obstacles as the main barriers to sexual education. It provides a list of suggestions for educators, as well as for the broader community regarding this matter, as well as concrete actions for ensuring inclusive sexual education. Some of the included suggestions are:
– Learn how to speak openly about sex and sexuality, including sexuality and disability.
– Challenge inaccurate media stereotypes or misinformation about people with physical disabilities.
– Identify support groups within the community for youth with physical disabilities.
Alberta Health Services
This short, easy-to-read guide for parents provides useful information and tips about sexuality and disability. It describes the role of the parents, and what children need to know regarding sexuality and their bodies. The guide also explains the phases of a child’s development, and offers tips and strategies for each of the phases. Additionally, it provides a list of tips for parents to help them discuss sexuality with their children.
This UK-based self-advocacy organization has been developing resources in plain language and visual imagery concerning parenting, sexuality, vulnerability and abuse, decision-making, dealing with family courts and social workers, maternity and birthing services specific to learning disabilities, and relationship issues for many years. They offer a number of free on-line publications, and they also have on-line modules of sexuality training for workers.
Canadian Centre on Disability Studies
The Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (CCDS) has a mandate dedicated to research, education, and information dissemination on disability issues. CCDS is guided by the philosophies of independent living and community living. The philosophy emphasizes human rights, self-determination, interdependence, equality, a cross-disability focus, and full and valued participation of all citizens in the community. While CCDS is a university affiliated centre we are also committed to fostering a spirit of collaboration among the disability community, government and academia.
Disability History Museum
The Disability History Museum’s mission is to foster a deeper understanding about how changing cultural values, notions of identity, laws and policies have shaped and influenced the experiences of people with disabilities, their families, and their communities over time.
David Hingsberger, an Ontario-based researcher, educator and activist, has been engaged in researching and teaching about issues relating to abuse, sexuality and intellectual disabilities for some time. His website offers accessible information and resources in the form of books, DVD’s and educational materials. Relevant topics: knowledge can reduce sexual abuse, how to support intellectually disabled sexual offenders, information about masturbation techniques, and information about proper condom use.
Planned Parenthood – Northern New England
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in the United States provides online resources with the goal of helping parents to broach issues of sexuality and intimacy with their intellectually disabled children. They have also produced an extensive sex education curriculum that is available to educators. As noted in the main body of this report, such programmes have been used by independent agency workers in our study, but without training or support.
GULP! is a newsletter designed by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE). Issue number 4 focuses on developmental disabilities and aims to help parents talk about sexuality with their children. This newsletter consists of six articles, each of them addressing different topics such as sexual health and tips for talking about sexuality. This issue also focuses on two special topics (Sexual Abuse and Relationships), and provides a list of useful resources that includes books and videos on sexuality.
Reproductive & Sexual Health Law: Developments & Resources
This blog covers cases and court decisions that include forced sterilization and other newgenics practices around the world. Also, it presents various academic articles and books that address these issues.